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Great Northwest

Rain forests, waterfalls, riverfronts and gardens are just a few elements that make Portland, Ore., a stunning place to visit.

South Waterfront Park runs 1,000 feet along the bank of the Willamette River and provides direct public access to the river throughout the year. Steve Terrill / Corbis
Alpenglow on snow-covered Mount Hood, the site of North America's longest ski season, which is an average of 345 days per year. Steve Terrill / Corbis
Pink rhododendrons are pictured beside a tranquil water fall. The Oregon's state flower is the Oregon Grape. Craig Tuttle / Corbis
Streaking fog blankets an old growth forest in the Columbia River Gorge near Portland, Ore. Gary Braasch / Corbis
Visitors view Multnomah Falls from the Benson Bridge in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Multnomah Falls plummets 620 feet from its origin on Larch Mountain, and is the second highest year-round waterfall in the U.S. Gary Braasch / Corbis
Visitors watch a sea lion swim in an underwater viewing area in Portland's Oregon Zoo. Philip James Corwin / Corbis
An aerial view of downtown Portland, aka the Rose City. Jim Richardson / Corbis